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Virtual Water Trade Moves Water Around the World

August 16, 2021

Virtual water trade makes the relationship between food and water very complicated. Virtual Water in Food Products Virtual water is the water “hidden” in the products, services and processes people buy and use every day. While it is unseen by the end-user of the product or service, that water has been consumed throughout the creation […]

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Relevant Reports, Articles and Research

April 28, 2020

This list of reports, articles and research that illustrates and documents the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus. While many of them call out the WEF Nexus specifically, some of them might not have as obvious a connection, so we’ve made those connections for you. GRACE Nexus Reports Know the Nexus (The Nexus Report) Download Know the Nexus […]

Drought or Deluge: Different Threats, Same Problems

April 28, 2020

Climate change and weather patterns are changing. This is because a warming atmosphere holds more water vapor, which impacts weather patterns and changes when, where and how precipitation falls. It also intensifies rain events and wreaks havoc on communities around the country. Climate Change and Weather Patterns: Our Warming the Atmosphere With increasing frequency the […]

Why All Farms Don’t Use Drip Irrigation

April 28, 2020

For various reasons, many farmers cannot rely entirely on rainfall and must turn to irrigation to water their crops. While drip irrigation might seem like the logical choice because of its efficiency, the reasons why farmers use one system over another are varied and sometimes complex. The type of system can impact crop yields as […]

The 900 Gallon Diet: Meat, Portion Size and Water Footprints

April 28, 2020

The water footprint of meat is a higher number than many people might realize. While many Americans expect to eat a certain amount of meat, and they might think, “Well, I don’t eat that much,” they might be surprised by just how much meat (and dairy) they actually consume every day. This is an important […]

Water Use, Withdrawal and Consumption

April 27, 2020

“Water use” often fails to adequately describe what happens to water because “water use” can take two forms – consumption or withdrawal. It’s important to understand the difference. The US withdraws a lot of water on a daily basis for use in homes, businesses, industries and food production. While domestic use is significant, the majority […]

Indoor Water Use at Home

April 25, 2020

When most people in the US want fresh, clean water, all they have to do is turn on a faucet. Still, no place is immune from drought, so it’s important to be conservative with your water use at home, no matter where you live. On average in the US, water use at home (water from […]

Food’s Big Water Footprint

April 25, 2020

You might be surprised by how big the water footprint of food is. In the US, agriculture is responsible for 80 percent of all water consumed (water that is evaporated or otherwise removed from the watershed). The Big Water Footprint of Food and Agriculture California experiences frequent multi-year extreme droughts – like the one occurring […]

Metodología de calculadora de huella hídrica

January 9, 2020

Nuestra Calculadora de la huella hídrica proporciona una instantánea de cómo las actividades y rutinas diarias de una persona afectan su uso del agua. La metodología de la calculadora proporciona todos los datos, fuentes y cálculos detrás de las preguntas y los valores promedio. Cómo funciona la calculadora de huella hídrica A través de una […]